There’s nothing quite like the sound of snow crunching under your footsteps while you run. Believe me, running in the snow is one of the most exhilarating things you can do when it comes to your training. It’s hard, don’t get me wrong. But it’s also a breath of fresh air, really cold air. The point of this video below is to share the sound I’m referring too, not so much the visual.
Here are a few tips for running in the snow.
- You need extra traction for your shoes. I use the Due North Everyday G3 Traction Aids and love them. They are extremely lightweight and I have never had an issue with sliding while running.
- Many people also put screws in their shoes. I’ve heard that this works well too if you have an extra pair of shoes lying around that you will only use when there is snow or ice on the ground.
- Layer up! Don’t over dress, even if it’s below freezing outside. If you’re working hard your body temperature will rise and you’ll begin to sweat and become uncomfortable. Wear items like a hat and gloves that you can tuck into your pants or pocket if you become too warm. Don’t forget your toes! Wearing a pair of wool socks is recommended especially because most running shoes are not completely sealed and will allow the cold air to come through. On really cold days I even wear my snowboarding socks.
- Don’t expect to run your normal distance. Snow, and especially deep snow is somewhat similar to running on sand. You will use a lot more energy to make it through a mile in the snow versus what you’ll use on a warm spring day. So if you’re training plan says to run 5 miles, you might need to modify it to only 3.
- Have fun with it! Snow adds a different element to the scenery around you. It also paints an entirely different trail or pathway for you to run through. So enjoy the snow and your winter wonderland around you. Yes, if it stays around for weeks you may have to jump on the dreadmill (aka treadmill) but being adaptable will only make you stronger in your training.
So if you find yourself in a situation with considerable snow on the ground and some miles to accomplish and no access to a treadmill, get outside and use these winter running tips. Grab your traction gear, layer up, lower your expected mileage and take a photo or two. It may end up being your favorite weather to run in.